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Astoria Characters: The Woman With a Third Eye

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.29.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Manuela Rana never had dreams of the American dream, but when she found the man of her dreams, she didn't hesitate to cross the Atlantic to be with him.

Are You Ready for Windows 8.1.1?

Michael L. Berman | Posted 06.07.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

In the beginning, the Boys from Redmond created Windows 8. And it was good so they released it unto the computer world. But the members of their flock rebelled and rejected it, because it was "different."

Welcome to the Future: Virtual Keyboards

Sonia Gil | Posted 05.14.2014 | Technology
Sonia Gil

Do you recall the scene from Minority Report where Tom Cruise is pressing laser buttons that appear to be floating in thin air? Well, the future is here! Now you can do it yourself! Laser keyboards are sure to quench your sci-fi thirst.

Can We Finally Talk About The Emojis That Make Absolutely No Sense?

Posted 03.01.2014 | Comedy

There's no denying the rush you get when you're able to write an entire sentence in emojis. Better yet, when you can write out a movie plot or an enti...

The Brilliance of Bach Remains Relevant

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Rizwan A. Rahmani

He loves Bach's music so much that he often fantasizes about meeting him, learning to play organ with him, and substituting his current babysitter-slash-piano coach (a fellow pianist who thinks Bach is the greatest) with Bach himself.

What Being a Writer Requires

Amy Koko | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Amy Koko

Sometimes I just have to see the words so that I can make myself believe it. "Is it okay to call myself a writer?" I ask myself daily. What is it that actually makes me one?

New Research Debunks Key Myth About Keyboards

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 05.06.2013 | Technology

"Why aren't the letters on the keyboard in alphabetical order?" asked every child ever when presented with a keyboard. Most of us were taught that the...

How My Period Gives Away My Age

Jessica Wolf | Posted 05.03.2013 | Fifty
Jessica Wolf

A woman my age should probably not be talking about her periods, but here I go: I can't stop following them with a double tap on the space bar. Most people of my generation don't even understand this lament. 'Why would you want to stop?' they ask. 'That's how it should be.'

Visual Art Comes (Back) to Steinway Piano

James Grundvig | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
James Grundvig

In banging a soundboard in an open piano, feeling both the power and energy, Bill Youse drove home the point that Steinway is the Rolls Royce of piano manufacturers. That makes the abstract artist Lynx the new hood ornament of that grand piano.

North Carolina District Will No Longer Require Cursive

Posted 11.06.2012 | Education

Joining school systems in Hawaii, Indiana and elsewhere across the country, Pitt County Schools in North Carolina will no longer require its students ...

A Smartphone Keyboard You Don't Even Have To Look At

BuzzFeed | Posted 08.24.2012 | Technology

Fleksy claims to have "probably the most powerful text prediction engine," which might be true but distracts from the fact that it's very similar in o...

Does A Wireless Solar Keyboard Work Well?

EarthTechling | Posted 12.15.2011 | Green

Keyboards are kind of like underpants–we use them every day, but only really notice them if they’re uncomfortable (or dirty). Enter the K750 Wirel...

Should We Teach Handwriting in the Digital Age?

Rae Pica | Posted 09.20.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

Earlier this month, the Indiana Department of Education joined the ranks of school systems that will no longer require the teaching of cursive writing.

Young Inventor Creates "Missing Link" to Low Cost Computers

Alexia Parks | Posted 09.13.2011 | Denver
Alexia Parks

I woke up this morning thinking about WINGStand. Could a single $20 thumb-sized product forever change the way we use computers? Fifty years ago, IB...

Why Can't You Play Music?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Robbie Gennet

As I started playing in bands and writing songs, I developed skills at various jams and sessions that had me stumbling onward and upward as a player.

US Military Invades Las Vegas, Infiltrates CES 2011

Jim Louderback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Louderback

The armed forces are at CES looking for new technology designed for consumers that it can co-opt for its own purposes. Let's start with some technology borrowed from rock musicians, but designed for fighters.

T-Mobile Releases Additional Information on the G2

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

I am excited to see the first smartphones to use high speed packet access (HSPA). My initial experience with T-Mobile's USB Laptop Stick, which also uses HSPA, was rather impressive.

Why Our 21st Century Keyboards Retain Vestiges of the Past

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kate Kelly

Despite the fact that "a" is under our weakest finger, and the most-used letter "e" is off the home row, people adapt, and those who are going to become fast typists will do so regardless of layout.

January 11, 2010 Is National Clean Off Your Desk Day!

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

What do you see on your desk? Piles of paper. Half-empty coffee cup. Part of Wednesday's lunch. No wonder we waste up to 3 hours a week "looking for stuff." Today is the day to change all that.

CES 2010: Ass-Kicking Alienware M11x Netbook Just 4 Pounds

Jim Louderback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Louderback

Alienware's brand-new M11x delivers a no-compromise gaming experience in under four pounds. It's something you can take on the road for work, and game at night and on the plane.

Keyboard Controversy: 'Dvorak' Users Protest 'Qwerty' Layouts For Smart Phones

wsj.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Dvorak keyboard layout, though around for decades, is as little-known among the general typing population as it is passionately embraced by its de...